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Civil Society’s Engagement in the Aid Effectiveness Agenda: The Parallel Process, Key Concerns and Recommendations

Aid Effectiveness and Women’s Rights Series, Primer No.3


Civil Society’s Engagement in the Aid Effectiveness Agenda: The Parallel Process, Key Concerns and Recommendations
While the previous primer No.2 on Understanding Aid Effectiveness provided an overview of the official mechanisms and bodies that are tracking the implementation of the Paris Declaration, this third primer in the series focuses on describing how the parallel tracking process is being undertaken independently by CSOs and, most recently,some women’s rights organizations. This primer seeks first to provide a background and overview of this parallel process, then identifies some pressing concerns, and lastly presents some recommendations from the civil society perspective.
The purpose for creating this set of Primers, Understanding the Aid Effectiveness Agenda is to share critical information and analysis with women’s rights advocates about the new aid architecture that has emerged as a result of the Paris Declaration (PD)—the most recent donor-recipient countries agreement designed to increase the impact of aid. The Aid effectiveness agenda born out of the PD currently determines how and to whom aid
is being delivered as well as how donor and recipient countries relate to one another. Aid distribution is clearly not simply a mechanistic process, but rather a political one.
  • Author: Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID)